13 July 2011

Seabourn Sojourn in Helsinki, 11 June 2011

Seabourn Sojourn

IMO 9417098
Built 2010, T. Mariotti, Italy
Tonnage 32 346 GT
Length 198,15 m
Width 25,60 m
Draught 6,40 m
462 passengers
462 berths
4 Wärtsdilä diesels, combined 23 040 kW
2 azipods
2 bow thrusters
Service speed 19 knots
Maximum speed 25,5 knots

Seabourn Sojourn is the second ship in a trio of newbuildings for the Carnival Corporations -owned Yachts of Seabourn. (Personally I would question if a 32 000 GT ship can by any measurement be called a "yacht", even if she is small by today's cruise ship standards - she is for instance about 7 000 GT bigger than Louis Cruises' Louis Cristal). She entered service in 2010. As Seabourn is one of the ultra-luxe cruise lines, all accommodation onboard the Seabourn Sojourn are suites. I admit I don't really have much to say about the ship apart from that. For some reason, her exterior reminds me very much of the former Finnish cruise ship Sally Albatross/Silja Opera (today sailing as the aforementioned Louis Cristal), though to be honest the semblance might just in my head.

The photographs below show the Seabourn Sojourn passing through the Kustaanmiekka strait on 11 June 2011 after departing from Helsinki South Harbour. Click on the individual images to view larger size.

Entering the Kustaanmiekka strait. In the background you can see the slowly-dismantling Laajasalo oil harbour. In a few years there should be a residential area in it's place.
The ship is surprisingly goodlooking, considesing the all-outside accommodation and large number of balconies. Of course, the small size helps... and maybe for a luxury cruise line, exterior appearances are slightly more important than for lines offering more standard products.
Out to the open sea, with plenty of spectators on the "no entry" -area of the ramparts.
I guess what mainly reminds me of the Sally Albatross in the looks of the Seabourn Sojourn is the rear of the ship, combined with the fact that the side of the ship is very similar.
The blob in the background on the right is Le Boréal, which had departed some minutes before. Silver Whisper also departed between Le Boréal and the Seabourn Sojourn, but I'm not putting of the photographs of her as they are so similar to my earlier set of the Silver Whisper.

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